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  • Deleted user 22 May 2007 14:49:57
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  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Burning software? Only thing is its a very wide field, and theres not a great deal of decent freeware out there. Plus Nero covers most of it. Hmmm maybe not.

    DVDShrink is worth sticking in there. Oh and FFDShow to avoid people using dodgy codec packs.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    And if you use an alternative media player you dont either. If you have FFDShow.

    Personally I only have VLC installed as a last resort, I hate the interface.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    I was going to suggest those but since they are only really useful for ISO images, I wasnt sure how close to the "dark arts" you wanted to get.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Whats that webbased VNC thing people are going on about here? That seems really useful. Is it linkme?

    I know its not strictly software, but it might be worth including.

    Oh and FTP clients? FlashFXP for me, but I'm sure theres a few alternatives. Please dont include CuteFTP though. We're in the 21st century now.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    sam_spade wrote:
    You're looking at the wrong bit when the file is playing.
    Riiiight...so why bother having Winamp listed then?

    Oh and Deebs...Real Alternative and Quicktime Alternative save installing those bastards.

    Edited by Furbs at 22:02:29 06-01-2006
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    I would, but I really dont know a great deal about them other than the one I use! FlashFXP works for me, but thats because I just use the default settings!

    Xbox apps are more my field of experience!

    Dont mind giving it a quick write up with maybe an FTP Server program if you want?
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    sam - thats the whole point - ffdshow isnt a codec pack at all. But if you want to watch something not using VLC (and believe it or not, not all of us do!) it means you dont need to download a load of bloated crap.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Decoder != codec pack.

    Unless divx is a "pack". Its a one off, half mb download that decodes (obviously) video using directshow hence it doesnt need the various codec libraries. I'm not sure, but I'd wager it does similar to whatever method VLC uses, albeit this can be used with whatever media player one so choses.

    Why are you so against its inclusion? Surely if someone doesnt want to use VLC, its better than bloat/spyware that 80% of codec packs out there are.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Fair enough :p

    Dirtbox wrote:
    Furbs wrote:
    Whats that webbased VNC thing people are going on about here? That seems really useful. Is it linkme?
    What's linkme?

    Dunno why I thought it was linkme, its logmein. I think I'll let M_H explain.

    Mike_Hunt wrote:
    sickpuppysoftware wrote:
    I've used LogMeIn in the past and it seems to work well.
    I second this. I used it all the time before my mobo melted (unreleated). It's free, it's DAMN fast considering it's browser based and over the net, and you don't need any client software.

    All you do is install a small app on the server (the PC you want to connect to). This app keeps the logmein website updated regarding it's IP address (so you don't need to mess about with any sort of dynamic DNS). All you do is go to logmein.com, type in your username and password and *boom* you're at the login page for your PC.

    It really is the way forward.

    [MH]

    Basically gives you a webbased remote desktop. Obviously not quite as good as a full featured VNC/RDC but probably easier for casual users, and with more flexibility?
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    How do you mean clunky rhythm? Just curious as I've never had to do anything with it, I just leave it running in the systray when the video file load up. Cant say I've ever had it crash on me either.

    Do you have any other codecs installed? I do remember running in to a few problems when I had earlier installed Divx and Xvid, but since setting it up on a clean system with no othe codecs installed its been good as gold.

    To be fair, I'm not sure if MPEG2 is neccesarily its strong point. I mainly suggested it for an alternative to the various Xvid/Divx builds that float around, plus the more obscure codecs.

    Salaman, off the top of my Head PSP Video 9 will do it (freeware) or Videodora.

    Edited by Furbs at 23:16:16 06-01-2006
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Ah never really used it like that! Wow, looks pretty good though.
    Not sure I'd notice it though, which is ironic since I thought you were the "happy on a mobile phone" man ;)
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    I'm not sure, but ACDSee might have it. I've always used it for image organising.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Just checked picassa and it doesnt. There is a button to rotate from within the slideshow, but not automatically as far as I can see.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,699 posts
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    Well, we can all see what bits of software will be a part of the GoogleOS in a few years time then :p

    /bookmarks
  • Pac-man-ate-my-wife 29 Oct 2008 13:18:21 7,007 posts
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    How good is the front-page list?

    I'm going over to my Mum's house tonight to clean up her computer which is taking 2 hours to start. Just wanted to check that the 3-way Nod32/Ad-Aware/ZoneAlarm system I use on my computer is still a good, solid way to run a safe system.

    And does anyone have and advice on how to delete Norton permenantly and completely?
  • figgis 29 Oct 2008 13:51:52 7,376 posts
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    Pac-man ate my wife wrote:
    How good is the front-page list?

    I'm going over to my Mum's house tonight to clean up her computer which is taking 2 hours to start. Just wanted to check that the 3-way Nod32/Ad-Aware/ZoneAlarm system I use on my computer is still a good, solid way to run a safe system.

    And does anyone have and advice on how to delete Norton permenantly and completely?

    Avast/Spy Bot/Windows XP Firewall (With a good router) is fine for security. Get a 30 evaluation copy of Tuneup utilities, System Mechanic or Registry Cleaner to sort out the registry.

    If you want a software firewall get Online Armour free edition over Zone Alarm.

    Only way to truly get rid of Norton if it borks is manually re-write the registry. Which is not nice.
  • Deleted user 29 October 2008 13:55:01
    Malware Bytes is about the best anti-spyware/adware at the moment.
  • figgis 29 Oct 2008 14:10:26 7,376 posts
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    Gremmi wrote:
    Malware Bytes is about the best anti-spyware/adware at the moment.

    Is it free Gremmi
  • ray 13 Dec 2008 16:42:30 684 posts
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    Hoho this thread starts to look like a MIA list... well whatever.

    Just wanted to mention a candidate for the list, Directory Opus file manager. Describing it is a bit hard, since it just does everything better than the native Windows navigation, even their intro page can't really put a finger on what's so good about it - it more or less reads as "it's good, really!". The best way of describing it is "Opera for file management" (although for various reasons in my household we use FF and Chrome ;) but everybody knows who's the boss). Some of you may remember it from Amiga days - it just kept improving ever since.

    A few of my coworkers claim it's very unstable on their machines though - but they are the kind of customers that keep all the stuff that their PC came with from the shop installed so fair enough.


    So, some of my fav features - separately, it doesn't sound like anything special but in everyday work it just makes life easier:

    The one I use the most in everyday work: doubleclick anywhere empty to go to parent directory.

    It's super customizable.

    Excellent file viewer - also very customizable.

    Ability to save different layouts for different folders / tabs, again very customizable.

    Customizable actions for doubleclicking, alt doubleclicking etc: for example, if you doubleclick on a pic it opens in a simple fileviewer, alt-doubleclick opens it up in Photoshop. Or shift-doubleclick opens it up in something third.

    etc
  • Dirtbox 16 Dec 2008 00:21:51 77,653 posts
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    Thanks, ray.

    I'm going to restart this thread soon.

    If everyone can get their personal recommendations in, I'll test them all out and include them in the new one, time permitting.

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  • ecureuil 16 Dec 2008 00:27:26 76,659 posts
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    I've just switched over to Picasa as I got a bit annoyed with trying to manage 25GB worth of images using Windows Explorer and Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. I can't imagine it being a popular program around these parts, but I personally think it's bloody fantastic. I don't need it for video or image editing, but as a pure picture viewer it's just what I needed.
  • Dirtbox 16 Dec 2008 00:29:58 77,653 posts
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    I toyed with including pic viewers in this list, but didn't bother in the end as I could only think of one. There are a few gooduns around now that I'll put to the test.

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  • ecureuil 16 Dec 2008 00:31:16 76,659 posts
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    It's pretty lightweight and free, so I'm satisfied with it, although I'm sure there are better programs doing the rounds.
  • morriss 16 Dec 2008 00:32:22 70,918 posts
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    WinDirStat. What's taking up what space in all purdy colours. Very neat.
  • Dirtbox 16 Dec 2008 00:33:33 77,653 posts
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    ecureuil wrote:
    It's pretty lightweight and free, so I'm satisfied with it, although I'm sure there are better programs doing the rounds.
    Well, alongside Opus Discovery as ray mentioned above, there's ACDSee and Irfan View that are also worth a shot. Although AC got a bit bloated the last time I tried it.

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  • ecureuil 16 Dec 2008 00:45:33 76,659 posts
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    I checked Irfan View out, I had it a few years ago, but it's more than I need.

    Opus sounds great though, which is kinda why I mentioned Picasa. Although there doesn't seem much point in me getting it now.
  • Dirtbox 16 Dec 2008 00:49:23 77,653 posts
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    Yeah, once it's all cached it's fine. I find picassa gets a bit grabby and starts to thrash your drive looking for new stuff since the last time you ran it. ACDSee is probably better as it just looks in the places where you tell it at the time, none of this caching all the hidden porn on your computer lark.

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